Richard Rodgers
Selections from 'The Sound of Music'
(arranged for wind quintet by Bill Holcombe)

The American composer Richard Rodgers began writing musical comedies in the 1920s in collaboration with the librettist Lorenz Hart: the pair's successes include A Connecticut Yankee (1927), The Boys from Syracuse (1938) and Pal Joey (1940). However, it was Rodgers' partnership with Oscar Hammerstein II after Hart's death in 1943 that transformed the musical into the spectacle it has become today: contrived plots were dropped in favour of more down-to-earth stories, while the standards of acting, singing and dancing were elevated to previously unimagined heights.

Following the successes of Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949) and The King and I (1951), The Sound of Music was the last, and most popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical - the stage production ran for 1443 performances on Broadway and 2385 performances at the Palace Theatre in London. The film adaptation, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is still shown regularly across the world.

The medley of tunes we present tonight includes The Sound of Music, Maria, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd, So Long Farewell, Edelweiss and Climb Every Mountain. JCC

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